June 06, 2014
HASSAN ABBAS – BR Report –
Former Indus Water Commissioner Syed Jamaat Ali Shah said on Thursday that Kalabagh Dam (KBD) is the only solution of current water and energy crises being faced by Pakistan. “Decisions on projects of national importance should be taken on administrative grounds instead of political considerations while building consensus on KBD seems impossible,” he said.
He stated this while talking to reporters after addressing a seminar on “Effects of Climate Change on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and its Mitigation” organised by Pakistan Engineering Congress (PEC) in connection with the World Environment Day. Provincial Minister for Environment Shuja Khanzada was the chief guest on this occasion while address of welcome was presented by President PEC Iftikhar Ahmad. Shah highlighted that “we are facing water shortage, hence requires large dams to increase our water storage capacity. We have to construct dams to save the water which was coming due to melting of glaciers and we are wasting this water in ocean.”
Shah showed his apprehension that “if we fail to build dams then we will be unable to use water which we are getting according to Indus Water Treaty adding that we will also get less water from the rivers of Kashmir.” While talking to the reporters, Minister for Environment Shuja Khanzada said Punjab government has constituted 35-member council for the environment protection which was headed by the Chief Minister Punjab. He said that council will present recommendations to the Punjab CM soon. Khanzada said that pollution level in Lahore is high but after the completion of metro bus project pollution level has decreased on the route of the metro bus.